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Shopping Local Manchester, NH Farmer's Markets

pile of fruits and veggies

Seasons are changing and there is definitely a chill in the air here in Manchester! Just because the leaves are falling around your Colonial Village apartment doesn’t mean we have to skimp on any fun this month. There are fun things to do all over the area.

Attending community events and offerings, such as our local farmer’s markets, is a great way to support local vendors and the local economy as well as get to know new people with your same interests. Plus, you get fresh produce! Today we’ve got some tips to make the most of a trip to a local New Hampshire farmer’s market.

Tips for Shopping a Farmers Market in Manchester, NH

Take cash.

Plan a budget for your shopping and try to stick with it. It’s easy to overspend, and using only cash may make it easier to stay within budget (even though many vendors may accept credit cards or checks).

Look first.

Before you purchase anything, take a wander through the market to see what’s there. Even though you may have found lavender honey at the first stall, the one around the corner may have the same thing for a lower price. Make a mental note of the places you want to return to.

Choose the best time.

Whether you get there early to get the freshest produce with the most choices or at the end of the day when you can find great bargains depends on what you’re looking for. However, simply being aware of what typically happens when can be a factor in planning your trip. Plan enough time to be able to explore the whole market.

Be prepared.

Your preparations may vary, but at the least take a cooler to keep your produce in while in transit, especially if you have additional errands to run before you head back to your apartment. Bring your own bags and containers, as you won’t be able to count on every vendor having them.

Buy in bulk.

A pint of strawberries versus a flat of strawberries won’t break the bank, but chances are you can quick freeze the berries for later use in smoothies or make freezer jam at a fraction of what it would cost you to buy it from the grocery store. You may even get a price break for buying in bulk, too.

We hope you enjoy an outing to a farmer’s market this month! What will you make with your purchases? Share your recipe ideas in the comments with all of us. Thanks for taking the time to read our post today!